16 April 2014

The Devil Within Her (1975)
90 min.
Directed by Peter Sasdy.
With Joan Collins, Donald Pleasence, Ralph Bates, Eileen Atkins, Caroline Munro, John Steiner.
Ever since the one-two punch of Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby in 1968 and William Friedkin's The Exorcist in 1973, filmmakers attempted to make the "devil baby" theme work for them...frequently to little avail.

This entry is as weak as most of them - and yet somehow more enjoyable.

What else can we really say about the ham-fisted plot? In a nightclub, Joan Collins spurns the lascivious advances of a freakish dwarf man, and not long after, she gives birth to a possessed little baby.

Soon, a string of inexplicable deaths begin to occur. They're somehow related to Joan's wacky devil-enfant, but just exactly how? And why? Dear Lord, why?

Donald Pleasence is on hand as her doctor, adding to his already improbable on-screen career resume.

Bottom line: this is an OK time-waster...must be seen to be believed.

Known alternately as The Monster and also Sharon's Baby, and lastly, apparently taking a cue from Nancy Spungen, as I Don't Want to be Born.

Peter Sasdy, a regular director for Hammer Films, helmed this off kilter oddity.

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